Daily Archives: January 5, 2018

2018 is the year that will decide if Trumpocracy replaces American democracy

Reading legitimate journalism every day leaves me feeling that we are indeed descending into totalitarianism. I don’t know enough about the powers pushing back against this assault on representative government and the rule of law to know if they can contain this threat. I don’t know enough about the FBI, CIA, Justice Department, Supreme Court, etc. to know what they can and will try to do. But I wish that Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and other wealthy, powerful, Patriots come to our rescue before its too late—before they find their own funds frozen. I wish somebody would save us.

Here are a few of the most insightful pieces I’ve read in the last 24 hours.

In “2018 is the year that will decide if Trumpocracy replaces American democracy: Loyalty to Donald Trump is the new principle of Republican Party politics.” Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains how blind loyalty their leader is undermining democratic governance.

In “It’s Been an Open Secret All Along,” the Atlantic’s James Fallows notes that “the scandal of Michael Wolff’s new book isn’t its salacious details—it’s that everyone in Washington has known its key themes, and refused to act.”

In  “Michael Wolff shows his nuclear button is ‘bigger’ and ‘more powerful’ than Trump’s” the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart sums up his insights about Wolff’s depiction of White House dsyfunction by quoting the celebrated journalist H.L. Mencken,

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

In “Faust on the Potomic” the New York Times’ Paul Krugman concludes:

What this means, among other things, is that expecting the GOP to exercise any oversight or constrain Trump in any way is just foolish at this point. Massive electoral defeat – massive enough to overwhelm gerrymandering and other structural advantages of the right – is the only way out.

And a smaller piece of the puzzle that is easy to miss. In “The GOP is sabotaging this sacred mandate” the Washington Posts’  Catherine Rampell comments on the Republican effort to undermine the census as another way of undermining democracy. When they get the census they want Wyoming will be more populated than California! (An aside. Did you know that Roy Moore won 6 of 7 congressional districts in the recent Alabama senate race because the districts are gerrymandered to assure that 6 congressional representatives will always be Republican.)

I simply can’t let occupy more of my consciousness. I want to think about big things before they arrest us all.

Finally,  here is a joke that describes our current situation.

A guy falls from a 50-story building. As he flies by the 25th floor, someone asks how it’s going. “So far, so good!” he says.